Beware Splits in UKIP
by Stephen Crowther
Note: As a matter of policy, the Libertarian Alliance does not endorse or support any political party. However, so far I can tell, every one of our Officers is a UKIP voter or even member. We therefore draw this notice to the attention of our readers. UKIP may not be perfect, but it is our only mainstream political party with any degree of libertarianism in its policies. Nigel Farage is our only mainstream politician who remotely counts as a libertarian. We take a very dim view of efforts to disrupt UKIP. SIG
We Demand A Referendum
Many loyal and dedicated UKIP members have signed the petitions set up by Nikki Sinclaire and colleagues, and distributed their materials under the slogan ‘We Demand a Referendum’. They have done this in good faith.
Now, however, Ms Sinclaire and her colleagues have made clear that We Demand A Referendum is to be regarded as a new political party, registered with the Electoral Commission, which aims to stand against UKIP in the 2014 European Elections.
Under the UKIP Constitution, anyone joining or remaining in membership of the new party will be unable to retain their UKIP membership. The new party is actively canvassing for new members among those who have signified their support for the campaign in the past.
This new party makes clear that it intends to reduce UKIP’s vote in the future. Though it cannot hope to achieve the level of support that UKIP has built over 20 years – we are now acknowledged even by Nick Clegg to be above the Liberal Democrats in public support – it might, if it survives, pose a threat to our goal of coming first in the 2014 European Elections, and causing an earthquake in British politics. As we have seen with the English Democrats, UK First etc in the past, a small party taking a small number of UKIP votes can hand additional seats to the Conservatives.
We therefore urge all UKIP members and others who have supported We Demand A Referendum in the past to sever their links with it, and put all their efforts behind achieving a UKIP win in 2014.
Stephen Crowther, Chairman, UK Independence Party
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